Los Angeles (KMOV) -- The St. Louis Blues lose to the Los Angeles Kings 4-2, making the playoff series 3-0 for the Kings.
AGAIN the Kings respond to a Blues goal. Drew Doughty shot the puck from 20 plus feet away from the net, and Elliott appeared to have stopped it, but the puck trickled under his legs. BAD GOAL.
No doubt If Jaroslav Halak were healthy he would be in there by now, if he wouldn't have started to begin with.
The Blues pull within one as Chris Stewart nets his second goal of the game four minutes into the third period. (5th career playoff goal)
The goal came on their 14th shot of the game. Imagine that, you throw the puck at the net and you might get a rebound goal as Stewart did.
All series we've been saying the Blues just haven't found their game, but now I think it's fair to say that's not it; the Kings are the superior team.
Thus far in game three the Kings are playing more physical, more aggressive, and more discipline.
The third period will start with L.A. leading 3-1. No way the Blues score three goals in the third off Jonathan Quick.
The Kings just took a 3-1 lead midway through the second. Mike Richards scored on the powerplay.
If the Note comes back to win this game I would be shocked. Some might be watching this game saying the Blues, 'just don't have it,' but I think it's more of the Kings playing much better. I think it's time to realize L.A. is the better team. They're playing smarter and more physical.
Brian Elliott just took a penalty for delay of game. Kings back on the PP. This could get ugly in a hurry.
3-1 L.A. under 8 to play in the second period.
Thanks to a Chris Stewart goal, first of the postseason, the Blues tied the game at one early in the second period, but just seconds later Dwight King lit the lamp giving the Kings a 2-1 lead.
This Blues team keeps shooting themselves in the foot.
Meanwhile, I saw Kurt Russell in the concourse. First celebrity siting!
The Blues unofficially didn't produced a shot in the final four minutes of the first period, or so it seems. The Note wrap up the first period taking just four shots.
The Blues aren't playing with the energy they said they needed to play with in the first period. They need to start playing more physical. It seems they're timid as well.
The Blues should be glad they're not trailing 3-0.
1-0 L.A. after one period.
Kings strike first in game three. With under seven to play in the opening period, Justin Williams beat Brian Elliott. The Blues talked about getting off to a fast start, but that hasn't happened, they look slow out of the gate.
Dustin Brown just nailed Alex Pietrangelo into the boards. He didn't go after his head. Petro bounced up immediately. No plenty called; it was a clean hit.
No score with 9 to play in the first period.
The Kings have had multiple scoring opportunities but just haven't put it in the net.
Jonathan Quick looks great again tonight. He's stopped all three of the Blues shots including a hard wrister from David Backes.
The first fight of the just went down. Jaime Langenbrunner fought Dustin Penner. I'd say Penner won.
Blues go on Power Play, but keep in mind the Note is 0-26 with the man advantage against the Kings this season. 0-12 in playoffs, and 0-14 during regular season.
The puck has dropped here at the Staples Center and just 1:30 in to the game the Blues commit a stupid penalty. Alex Steen got 2:00 for roughing. After Brian Elliott made a save, of course things got physical near the net, and Steen knocked over a Kings' player twice right in front of the net. Hello McFly???
Blues and Kings just took the ice for their pre-game skate.
Alex Pietrangelo is back in the line up tonight. That's great news for the Blues, however, is he 100-percent? I figure he's close to it, but I suppose any Petro is better than no Petro.
Yesterday at their morning skate the Blues kept preaching the importance of coming out strong in the first ten minutes, so look for the Blues to start fast, and if they don't, well we all know what happened in game two; worst blues performance this season.